The Ultimate Top End Self Drive Experience for 2 people
The Ultimate Top End Self Drive Experience for 2 people
The Ultimate Top End Self Drive Experience for 2 people
The Ultimate Top End Self Drive Experience for 2 people
The Ultimate Top End Self Drive Experience for 2 people

The Ultimate Top End Self-Drive Experience

The tropical hub of Darwin is yours to explore at your leisure from the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade before venturing along the open road 250 kilometres into the heart of the Kakadu National Park where you will stay at the famous Mercure Crocodile Hotel, a perfect base for exploring the breathtaking wonders and rich aboriginal history. Next continue 300km south to Katherine to explore this beautiful part of the country including Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge all while staying at the relaxing Knotts Crossing Resort. Lastly, the perfect location to explore the waterfalls and landscapes of Litchfield National Park from the Litchfield Outback Resort.

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Tour Inclusions


  • 2 night stay (1 night pre and 1 night post) in Darwin at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin in a guest room including daily breakfast, DoubleTree cookie per person, free WiFi, free parking & late checkout to 1pm.
  • 2 night stay in Kakadu National Park at the Mercure Crocodile Hotel in a standard room.
  • 2 night stay in Katherine at the Contour Hotel in a standard room including daily breakfast.
  • 2 night stay at the Litchfield Outback Resort in a standard room.

And, all bookings for this package include the following:

  • 9 day car hire with unlimited kilometres^.
  • 2 hour Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.
  • Kakadu National Park Pass.

Please be aware flights are not included in the package price. However please speak to one of our NT Now Travel specialists for the best available fares at the time of booking.

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The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is located next to the Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooks the palm-lined esplanade, with stunning ocean views also available from select rooms. All rooms have been newly refurbished, and the hotel also boasts the largest outdoor swimming pool in Darwin, as well as free WiFi, a fitness room and beauty salon. While being located on the esplanade, the DoubleTree is also within walking distance of many Darwin hotspots, eateries and shopping areas. A later check out time of 1pm will also mean a relaxing end to your stay in Darwin.

Welcome to the Contour Hotel is only a short drive from all the Katherine region has to offer. Set amongst 4 acres of tropical gardens it is the ideal base to explore. There are spacious and contemporary guest rooms, the perfect space to retire to at the end of a long day of exploring. Play tennis, go swimming, dine out, have a barbecue or enjoy a cool drink at the bar!

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is an idyllic retreat located in the wilderness of Kakadu National Park. Situated in the township of Jabiru, this hotel is the perfect base to start exploring many of Kakadu's most significant natural attractions such as Ubirr, Nourlangie, Cahills Crossing & Mamukala Wetlands. Cool off in the large outdoor pool, the perfect oasis for relaxing in between discovery tours around Kakadu before feasting on Kakadu bush tucker & gourmet dining at the Escarpment restaurant and bar (own expense).

Litchfield Outback Resort is the accommodation that offers you convenience, city comforts and style whilst you experience Litchfield National Park and all its beauty. Enjoy your stay with a clean, cool, modern and comfortable room that caters to all of your travel needs – we have many facilities on site to make your Litchfield Region experience hassle free and relaxing. Located just 1 hour south of Darwin City and central to the wonders of the park’s breath taking and thrilling natural falls and rock pools only a 30-40 minute drive from your hotel style room.

What to do:

Join us for a two hour cruise and experience this magical time of day on Yellow Water. Located at the end of the Jim Jim Creek, Yellow Water is part of the South Alligator River system. This river system is unique as it is included in its entirity within a UNESCO World Heritage listed National Park.

With the added benefit of car hire included you are free to explore Katherine, Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park at your leisure. The third largest town in the Northern Territory, Katherine, is your gateway to exploring, situated on the banks of the Katherine River which flows through to Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. Katherine holds a rich history in indigenous art, World War II and the Overland Telegraph Line which are easily accessible throughout the town or its museums.  The majesty of Nitmiluk National Park, incorporating 13 beautiful gorges including the renowned Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, needs to be seen to be believed. And there are a number of ways to explore this incredible bucket-list experience including on-foot, cruising, by air or canoeing!

Welcome to the largest National Park in Australia - Kakadu! Here you’ll find a magical natural paradise just waiting to be explored. Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, Kakadu National Park is teeming with wildlife, home to important Aboriginal rock art sites, and diverse and exotic landscapes. This has earned it a World Heritage listing for both its cultural and natural values and draws travellers from around the world to visit its rich natural beauty and abundance of native wildlife. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre to make the most of your time self-driving through this huge park.

Experience the stunning tropical nature of the famed Litchfield National Park. Discover the town of Batchelor (the gateway to Litchfield) and the magnificent Termite Mounds. View the double waterfalls of Florence Falls from a high vantage point and make your way down to the plunge pool below for a refreshing dip. Continue to the spectacular Tolmer Falls which is home to colonies of rare ghost and orange horseshow bats. Enjoy lunch at Litchfield Café (own expense) and visit the very popular Wangi Falls - the perfect place to end your adventure.

Location & how to get there

Darwin International Airport ( is serviced by many Domestic and Regional airline carriers including QantasVirgin AustraliaJetstar and Air North.  Flights mainly operate out of Australia’s capital cities and generally take between 3 – 4 hours.

The airport is about a 15-minute drive from the centre of town. Car hire is available from the counters close to the baggage carousels. There are also plenty of taxis available at the airport cab rank and private transfers can be pre-booked.

Darwin can also be reached by The Ghan, from Adelaide or Alice Springs, with trains arriving weekly on Tuesdays. While the rail station is situated a short drive from the city centre, free transfers are offered to all passengers.

For those driving there are a number of entry ways to access Darwin. Most roads are sealed however some are for the more adventurous 4 wheel drivers. If you are coming from Queensland the best route to take is the Overlander’s Way / Barkly Highway from Mt Isa. If you are leaving from Cairns you can take the Savannah Way which is a rugged, unsealed road which crosses the top of Australia from Cairns to Broome. You can also use the Savannah Way as an access from Western Australia. Other roads leading from WA to Darwin include the Tanami Road that runs across the Tanami Desert and to the north the Butine Highway. The drive from South Australia is especially scenic as you follow the Explorer’s Way through Coober Pedy and past the major centres of Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine before arriving in Darwin.

Package terms

On sale until  30 June 2024. For travel until 31 March 2025. Pricing based on DoubleTree Esplanade Hotel Darwin for travel 1 October 2023 to 31 March 2024 and seasonal supplements apply outside of these dates. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 31 March 2024 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. ^Car hire includes unlimited kilometres, GST (Goods & Services Tax at the current rate of 10%), Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) with Zero Excess on Passenger vehicles and $990 Excess on 4wd Vehicles, Compulsory Third Party Insurance, Vehicle Registration Recovery Fee, Additional Drivers, Premium Location Surcharge, this product is available for renters aged 25+. Please note: road closures may be in place due to inclement weather, for up to date information visit Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are based on per person twin share. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or to enquire. Airfares and transfers are additional unless otherwise specified. For full terms and conditions and details on our refund policy, view our booking conditions. E&OE.

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